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Okinawa Diving

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Manatee Diver, Nov 20, 2018.

  1. busybugs

    busybugs Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Okinawa, Japan
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    Many of the charters only go out on the weekends (certainly the case with North of Nago). Of course the military will have July 4th off so you shouldn't have a problem - just make sure you reserve plenty in advance. As far as diving the Emmons, you will certainly need a rental car to get up north. Ishigaki is great - did two days of diving there (5 days) but only saw mantas on one dive - kinda hit and miss during the summer. Keep your fingers crossed.
     
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  2. busybugs

    busybugs Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Okinawa, Japan
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    I'd just go with your lightest fins then. The weather will be warm so you really don't need too much for clothing :wink: Unless you are here on business of course. I know that North of Nago has loaner SMBs but that really wouldn't save much weight by not bringing your own.
     
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  3. Manatee Diver

    Manatee Diver Manta Ray

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Tampa Bay, FL
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    I have a car rental for Okinawa, seems like many of the guides recommended it. I am hoping I get lucky with the mantas, I saw a few during my Whale Shark trip in Mexico, but it was snorkeling only. I really want to dive with a manta. Particularly when they are feeding, the loops that they do looked spectacular.

    Yeah Destiny said that the 4th and the 6th should be no problem.

    Once I hear back some details from North of Nago, I am going to advertise the 5th of July trip to Emmons on the Okinawa group, just need five more people.

    Unfortunately have an event which will require me to be somewhat presentable. And about another 10 days doing to the tourist thing in Tokyo. So wet shorts and a t-shirt won't be the uniform for the entire trip.

    Yeah, I wish I had the cash to put together my ultra light backplate rig. I was thinking that might cut out at least 3 lbs off my current rig.
     
  4. Manatee Diver

    Manatee Diver Manta Ray

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Tampa Bay, FL
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    Is a guide worth it? Outside of Mexico where they are required and mostly stay out of the way, I've never really dived with one.
     
  5. Scuba Cobra

    Scuba Cobra Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Jacksonville NC
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    I've had decent luck in seeing eagle Ray's and sharks diving toilet bowl.

    If you're diving the keramas with destiny though I have no shadow of a doubt you will see that and more out there.

    Have you talked with Kurt about locking on the boat for the Emmons? It has been absolutely slammed the past 3 weekends trying to get out there. There is a lesser known Japanese boat that runs out to the Emmons, but I am not sure how to get in contact with them - Matt Deberry with dauntless would be the guy to talk to about that.
     

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  6. busybugs

    busybugs Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Okinawa, Japan
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    A guide certainly isn't required. The boats that I have been on here in Okinawa (the ones that cater to the military divers instead of tourists) don't provide guides. I was by myself so I got paired up with some randos.
     
  7. Manatee Diver

    Manatee Diver Manta Ray

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Tampa Bay, FL
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    I emailed Chuck, he said he would start a list for the 5th. So if anyone else wants to get on, I guess email him. I don't know for sure as that was one of the questions I asked.

    I'll probably go without, I've never really dived with one.
     
  8. Scuba Cobra

    Scuba Cobra Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Jacksonville NC
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    I'll talk with him and try and hop on the boat also.



    I'll be the guy in the flooded blue drysuit.
     
  9. Manatee Diver

    Manatee Diver Manta Ray

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Tampa Bay, FL
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    So a really expensive wet suit. :D

    I'll be pretty easy to spot with my missing leg.
     
  10. Scuba Cobra

    Scuba Cobra Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Jacksonville NC
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    Unfortunately. me and my wrist seals don't agree.
     

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